Sony Xperia L1 Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Sony Xperia L1, by Sony

- Analysis by Christelle Nina


The Sony Xperia L1 has a generally-sub-par screen, to put things bluntly. A resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels on a lower-mid-range device seems lacking, especially combined with a 5.5-inch display. This results to a disappointing pixel density of about 267DPI . It does feature a loop display design like its more premium siblings such as the Sony Xperia XZs and the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra, but this sadly remains as its only major pro in this particular arena.

To no surprise, the L1's camera specs maintain a more competitive stance. Sitting on its rear is a 13-megapixel camera while a 5-megapixel sensor is nestled on the front. The latter, while not being completely mind-blowing as far as raw megapixels go, has the bonus of being a wide-angle shooter . Both cameras also record 1080p videos , which isn't bad for a device of its level.

Compared to many of its counterparts from other brands, however, the Xperia L1 lugs around a considerable amount of chunk. It's comparatively-thicker at 8.7mm and is relatively-heavier at 170 grams , as well. It goes without saying that this may be problematic for people who put handiness at high regard. While sporting the Xperia-signature design may be a good or bad point depending on the observer, its metallic finish is definitely a pro.

As for hardware pros and cons, its 1.45GHz clock speed is by no means dismal, but it does belong to the lower end of the spectrum of what's acceptable for a mid-range phone. It also suffers the disadvantage of having only four cores when more and more octa-core devices are starting to dominate its subcategory. Its RAM of 2GB is another addition to its set of decent-yet-unremarkable specs. As for its native memory, 16GB seems a bit underwhelming for its market niche -- considering that many similar phones carry an internal capacity of at least 32GB.

This analysis reveals quite a number of the Xperia L1's shortcomings. Of course, it has its own merits -- and it's just a matter of deciding whether this balance of pros and cons would work well with one's individual needs.

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** This phone is also known as: Sony Xperia L-1, Sony L1 Xperia


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